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Chanel Navy Tweed Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from pure wool, this pre-owned, Navy tweed flap bag by Chanel is finished with silver-tone hardware and the classic CC turn lock. Featuring a fold-over top, a main ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This super cool Chanel Tweed bag comes with a rock'n roll chain made out of super soft leather and multiple thin steal chains. The shoulder drop is 12. The pattern of the Tweed shows...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
H 6 in. W 7 in. L 12.5 in.
Chanel 2019 Mini Tweed Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Add this adorable Chanel to your collection! Circa 2019 from their Cruise collection, this chic mini flap bag is crafted from pink, blue, gold and metallic gold tweed fabric with Cha...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel 2019 Mini Tweed Flap Bag
  • Chanel 2019 Mini Tweed Flap Bag
  • Chanel 2019 Mini Tweed Flap Bag
  • Chanel 2019 Mini Tweed Flap Bag
H 5 in. W 3 in. L 8 in.
Chanel tweed sequins multicoloured shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel tweed sequins multicoloured shoulder bag This timeless bag is in perfect conditions, like unwork. Measurements Width: 23 cm Height: 15 cm Depth: 6 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Fringe Jumbo Rare Limited Edition Pink Multi Color Tweed Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Pink Fringe Tweed Jumbo Classic Flap Rare Limited Edition VINTAGE 2008 Resort Silver hardware Double flaps Classic interwoven chain CC Turnlock Lambskin pink interior Zippere...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2.55 Reissue Classic Flap Limited Garden Party 225 Double Tweed Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Limited Edition. From the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. Chanel Garden Party 2.55 Reissue 225 Flap Bag with gold-tone hardware, Jeweled embellishments at exterior, dual chain-link ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Wool Knit Mini Tweed Backpack Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel wool woven tweed backpack. Black and pink woven thread detail. Chanel Tweed Twist backpack with antiqued gold-tone hardware, black lambskin leather zip, leather straps, dual a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Christian Dior Tweed Large Lady Dior Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black & White Christian DiorTweed Large Lady Dior – Silver-tone hardware – Flat Handles – Single slit pocket with pull-through closure at front flap – Textile Lining & single interi...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Christian Dior Tweed Large Lady Dior Bag
  • Christian Dior Tweed Large Lady Dior Bag
  • Christian Dior Tweed Large Lady Dior Bag
  • Christian Dior Tweed Large Lady Dior Bag
H 9.85 in. W 12.6 in. D 4.34 in.
Chanel Street Allure Waist Bag Quilted Tweed
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Scuffs and minor wear on leather trims and strap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Height 6.5", Width 8", Depth 2", Strap Drop 12-14...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

CHANEL Timeless Tweed Rhinestone Flap Bag Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
CHANEL Timeless Tweed Rhinestone Flap Bag Handbag The original CHANEL Timeless Tweed rhinestone flap bag handbag is an elaborately processed handbag in the typical timeless style of...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Timeless Tweed Rhinestone Flap Bag Handbag
  • CHANEL Timeless Tweed Rhinestone Flap Bag Handbag
  • CHANEL Timeless Tweed Rhinestone Flap Bag Handbag
  • CHANEL Timeless Tweed Rhinestone Flap Bag Handbag
H 5.91 in. D 2.76 in. L 10.63 in.
Chanel Tweed and Plexiglass Lego Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel's iconic tweed gets a playful makeover in this special rendition of the much-coveted Lego handbag. Accented with a black plexiglass Chanel monogram and logo closure, it also f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Braided Tweed Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear on base, flap corners and in interior, small indentations on rear. Minor scuffs underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Jumbo Green Velvet Tweed Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo green velvet, purple tweed and gold tone boy bag. Shoulder drop, 12/20". Excellent condition, comes with hologram and original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Jumbo Green Velvet Tweed Boy Bag
  • Chanel Jumbo Green Velvet Tweed Boy Bag
  • Chanel Jumbo Green Velvet Tweed Boy Bag
  • Chanel Jumbo Green Velvet Tweed Boy Bag
H 8.5 in. W 2.75 in. L 12 in.
Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Black quilted leather Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap bag with silver-tone hardware, dual convertible leather and chain-link shoulder strap, grey satin lining, three pockets at ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
H 8 in. W 13.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Leather and Tweed Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Leather and Tweed Boy Flap Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop. Boasting soft red lambskin-leather and textured tweed exterior, this design ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Tweed Reissue Crossbody Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Rare one of a kind Chanel pink tweed crossbody bag with pink interior is a seasonal item in excellent condition. This can be worn crossbody or with the straps shorten, it can be worn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Tweed Shoulder Bag, Spring-Summer 1994
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
From the iconic SS1994 runway collection, this hardly worn Chanel shoulder bag is crafted from bright fuchsia « bouclé » tweed and features gold hardware. Fully lined in a refined ma...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flap bags like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from tweed, this Dior flap bag features a grand exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a Dior lock that open...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
H 16.5 in. W 6.5 in. L 26 in.
Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flap bags like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from tweed, this Dior bag features a black Cannage exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a gold-tone lock t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
H 6.5 in. W 2.56 in. L 10.24 in.
Chanel Timeless Black Green & White Tweed Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Original Chanel Timeless handbag in black, green and white tweed, hardware in silver metal, chain strap in silver metal interwoven with black canvas allowing the bag to be worn on th...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Chevron Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior, straps and in interior, loose threads on exterior edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Ultra Grey Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel grey tweed flap super rare! This bag is in excellent condition, as seen on celebrities like Mischa Barton and Diane Kruger. This is a very rare bag that is hard to find. Will...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Multicolor Tweed and Leather Girl Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Featuring colorful tweed panels, this Girl bag from the house of Chanel mirrors a vibrant and trendy appearance of a Chanel jacket. The leather body provides strength to the design a...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

House of Mua Mua tweed Superchic shoulder bag
Located in Capri, IT
House of Mua Mua tweed Superchic shoulder bag
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Large Tweed Leather Boucle Jacket Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare and collectible large size jacket bag. Can be worn two ways, shoulder and cross body. Mint condition. Collection 2015/2016. Comes with hologram, id card and original dust...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL orange IL QUADRATO TWEED BOX Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel 'II Quadrato' box shoulder bag, from the Paris in Rome Métiers d'art collection, in orange, yellow, light grey, silver and red bouclé tweed featuring CC clasp fastening on top...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Small Rare Tweed Cream Beige Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel small cream and grey and multi color tweed with large CC logo and interlocking clasp 2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Antique silver hardware Interwoven chain Interior center pocket ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Tweed Couture Collection Kiss Lock Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Gold Tweed Kiss Lock Bag is in excellent condition. Petite and feminine, this mini features a silver frame with kiss lock closure. Short silver snake chain st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Black and White Tweed Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black and White Tweed Double Flap Classic is in excellent condition. Truly timeless, the tweed double flap is a must have for any collection. Black and white t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Light wear on exterior and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 11.5", Height 5", Width 8", Depth 3.5", ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL grey & blue IL QUADRATO TWEED BOX Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel 'II Quadrato' box shoulder bag, from the Paris in Rome Métiers d'art collection, in black, grey, light grey, beige and gold bouclé tweed featuring CC clasp fastening on top. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tweed Silver Gold Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Gold and Silver tone hardware Woven lining Made in France Measures 10" W x 6.25" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the pre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL Timeless flap bag in pink and black tweed. The hardware is in ruthenium metal. The inside is in black leather. The shoulder strap measures 54 cm for double wear and 91 cm for...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
H 6.11 in. W 2.56 in. L 10.04 in.
House of Mua Mua tweed supergirl cloud shoulder bag
Located in Capri, IT
House of Mua Mua tweed supergirl cloud shoulder bag
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Dior Grey Tweed Limited Edition Beaded Malice Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Smart and chic, this Malice shoulder bag by Dior will impress you with its craftsmanship. Spice up your day or evening with this limited-edition shoulder bag that is crafted in fine ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Small Black Tweed Crochet Fringe Nature Organic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Small Black Tweed Nature Flap Bag Midnight quilted tweed Chanel Small Nature Flap Bag with silver-tone hardware, convertible chain-link shoulder strap, tan twill lining, sing...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bag XL Taupe Fringe Limited Edition Beige Tweed Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Large Chanel taupe and tweed calfskin tote Year: 2009 Silver hardware Double tweed and ribbon interwoven chain Interior tweed lining Interior flap CC interlocking clasp Interior cen...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Baby Pink Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Soft Pink Tweed Vintage 2.55 Double Classic Flap 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware CC turnlock logo Double flaps Tweed Height: 7"; Width:10.5" ; Depth: 3" Made in Fr...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag circa 2008-2009 black cotton/silver-plated metal concealed magnetic fastening signature interlocking CC logo cha...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Gucci White/Red Tweed and Leather Mini Dionysus Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Picture yourself swinging this gorgeous bag at your outings with friends or at social gatherings and imagine how it will not only complement all your outfits but fetch you endless co...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Charms Classic Double Flap Bag Braided Quilted Tweed Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Light fraying on exterior edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 5.5", Width 9", Depth 3", Strap Drop 9-17" Designer: Chanel M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed and Wool Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Small glue stain on top flap near ring hardware, minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 9", He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Tweed Gunmetal Small Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Tweed Gunmetal hardware Satin lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 7.5" W x 5.5" H x 2" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUX...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Pink Tweed Square Mini Classic Flap Half Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Chanel Mini Flap Bag is constructed in soft-pink timeless tweed. It’s outfitted with silver tone hardware, a front flap with the signature interlocking CC turn lock clos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Multicolour Fantasy Tweed & Black Lambskin Medium Easy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
This authentic Chanel Easy Fantasy Flap Bag Quilted Multicolor Tweed Medium is playful and modern in design perfect for Chanel lovers. Crafted in multicolor quilted tweed, this flap ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 'Girl' Bag in Black and Shiny Tweed and Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel Girl bag in black and shiny tweed and lambskin. Large model with a pocket at the front closed by snap. Buttons are hammered in mat silver metal. Zip closure. The interior is ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Limited Edition Chanel Timeless Shoulder bag in Red & White Tweed, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Rare and stunning Timeless double flap bag in red and white quilted Tweed, silver metal trim, silver metal handle intertwined with tweed and white and red velvet allowing a hand or s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Tweed Rare Limited Edition Patchwork Small Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel patchwork small classic flap bag Year: 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Denim and cotton stitched patchwork CC eyelet and floral patch details Gold brushed hardware Classic interwoven...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Small Sized Beige Tweed Fringe Organic Crochet Crossbody Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel small sized beige tweed crochet flap 2009 Antique gold hardware Large CC logo Magnetic clasp closure Interior beige canvas lining Interior center zippered pocket Flat bottom ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Chain Handle CC Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin and Tweed Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and moderate scuffs on rear, flap and underneath flap, pilling on base, sides and underneath flap. Creasing underneath flap, scratches and slight discolora...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Portobello Top Handle Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin and Tweed Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and creasing on exterior, shoulder pad and underneath flap, wear and discoloration on handle. Small mark underneath flap, minor wear in interior, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Tweed Leather Red White Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Velvet Silver tone hardware Leather lining Made in France Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier lu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Fall 2014 Yellow Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous Chanel Yellow Tweed Classic 2.55 Flap bag from the Fall 2014/15 Collection. This bag has a beautiful yellow color with additional colors include light green, orange, white...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 1999 Vintage Ivory Tweed Skirt Suit with Crossbody Bag - 38
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel 1999 Vintage Ivory Tweed Skirt Suit with Crossbody Bag - 38. This suit is in excellent condition and is light in person than the picture's image which makes it appear like a b...
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1990s Skirt Suits

Chanel Drawstring Bucket Cruise 2015 Tweed Fringe & Lambskin Mini Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Cruise 2015 Denim Tweed Fringe Bucket Bag Antiqued ruthenium hardware Blue denim Chanel bucket bag Drawstring CC Logo closure at front Classic interwoven chain strap Cha...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bag with Top Handle Classic Flap Vintage Logo Nameplate Tweed Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel confetti tweed flap with large CC logo and name plate chain 1996 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Silver hardware Interior center zipper pocket Additional center pocket Interior white lamb...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Rare Small Organic Nature Tweed Crochet Beige Taupe Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel small sized beige tweed crochet flap 2009 Antique gold hardware Large CC logo Magnetic clasp closure Interior beige canvas lining Interior center zippered pocket Flat bottom ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue/White Quilted Tweed Reissue 2.55 Classic 224 Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap Bags are iconic and noteworthy in the history of fashion. Hence, this Reissue 2.55 is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted from blue & whi...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Runway Black Pink Purple Tweed Bead Sequin Medium Evening Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Bead Sequin Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Shoulder strap drop 9.5" Measures 10" W x 6.5" H x 2.75" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

The Rare Chanel Timeless Camelia Medium Shoulder bag in multicolor Tweed, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
VERY RARE & COVETED! Timeless bag out of Tweed Camellia pink, grey and ivory partially quilted , silver metal hardware, silver metal handle intertwined with pink tweed, grey and ivo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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Tweed Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary tweed bag you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Gray, Brown and more. Finding the perfect tweed bag may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. An accessory like this designed by Chanel, Christian Dior and Gucci — each of whom created a beautiful version of this treasured item — is worth considering. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Tweed Bag?

The price for a tweed bag starts at $225 and tops out at $31,940, and on average, selling for $3,038.

chanel Biography and Important Works

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.

However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.